“People living with HIV and Aids have no second line treatment, which is not available in the country. Some of the drugs that are there are very expensive and out of reach of many. Many people living with HIV and Aids are also dying from opportunistic infections.”
Masanzu said their protest was successful as officials from the ministry had said the minister would have a meeting with them.
The Aids and Arts Foundation (TAAF) Zimbabwe national co-ordinator Emmanual Gasa said there was nothing to celebrate on the commemoration of the International World Aids Day when the public health system is in shambles.
“People are not getting drugs as well as healthcare at hospitals. This is a national outcry that government needs to address. Hospitals are now death traps, instead of being places where people get help,” he said.
The theme for the 2019 World Aids Day commemoration was Communities Make a Difference.
United States deputy ambassador to Zimbabwe, Thomas Hastings, who was also present at the commemorations, said he wished the impasse between government and striking doctors could be resolved soon for the good of the suffering patients.
“The stand-off between the doctors and the government is something that I hope will be resolved for the good of the people,” he said.
Moyo refused to comment over the protests, and his security team barred journalists from interviewing him .
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